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Report: Red Sox Join Yankees In Race For Manny Machado

July 11, 2018 - 9:26 am
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By WFAN.com

The Yankees and Red Sox aren’t only in a race for the AL East title anymore. They're also reportedly duking it out for Manny Machado.

The Batimore Sun reported Tuesday night that two industry sources have indicated that Boston has also been in recent contact with the Orioles about the four-time All-Star shortstop.

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But would Baltimore really trade their best player to a team in their own division? 

“I have a lot of confidence that if and when Manny is traded that Dan and his people and the scouts and everything will get the best return they can possibly get,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the Sun before Tuesday's game against the Yankees. “If it happens to be with that team that we’re playing tonight, then so be it."

The Yankees' and Red Sox's interest in Machado only helps the Orioles. The more teams in the hunt, the more Baltimore can get in return for him. The Phillies, Dodgers, Brewers, Braves and Cubs have also been linked to Machado in various reports.

While he is still an Oriole, Machado helped the Red Sox and hurt the Yankees on Tuesday night, hitting two home runs in a 6-5 win over the Bombers. That helped Boston, which beat the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, extend its lead in the division to 3 1/2 games. 

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For the season, Machado is hitting .314 with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs.

On Sunday, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the Yankees have shown "increased interest" in Machado. The New York Daily News reported that general manager Brian Cashman is not interested in surrendering any of the organization's top prospects for Machado, who is set to become a free agent after the season.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported Wednesday that adding Sheffield as a part of the deal would put the Yankees in a better position to get Machado.

The Yankees acquired Sheffield, along with Clint Frazier, as part of a four-prospect package in which New York sent Andrew Miller to the Indians in 2016. Once Sheffield returned from a strained oblique injury, he was a top pitcher in the Arizona Fall League. He's currently 39th on the MLB's list of top prospects, and second among Yankees.